Colby College is pleased to announce its February events. All are free (except where noted) and open to the public.

Thursday, February 9, 12:15 p.m.
currents2: Artist’s Tour
In Colby’s second annual emerging artist exhibition, currents2, installation artist and University of Maine Professor of Art Sam Van Aken creates a multimedia installation exploring his personal and artistic engagement with the 1977 Steven Spielberg film Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
Contact: The Colby College Museum of Art, 859-5600,

Thursday-Saturday, February 9-11, 7:30 p.m.
Rough Magic: Three Nights of Terribly True Stories
Strider Theater, Runnals Building
After working during Jan Plan with storyteller Mike Daisey ’96 and director Jean-Michele Gregory to understand their own unique stories, Colby students present tales from their own lives — true stories told with no scripts, no memorization, no boundaries — to illuminate the world beyond themselves.
Tickets: $2 with Colby I.D. and for seniors; $3 general admission. Box office is open Monday through Saturday during the week of the performance from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Contact: Deborah Ward, 859-4520,

Friday, February 10, 7:30 p.m.
African Music Ensemble Performance
Given Auditorium, Bixler Art and Music Center
African drumming by Colby Jan Plan students
Contact: Music Department,, 859-5670

Saturday, February 11, 7:30 p.m.
Portland String Quartet
Lorimer Chapel
Colby’s artists-in-residence continue the celebration of Mozart in this concert featuring guest flutist Lee Humphreys, applied music associate in flute at Colby. Humphreys and the PSQ will perform Mozart’s Flute Quartets in D Major, K. 285, and A Major, K. 298. Also on the program will be Mozart’s string quartets in E-flat Major, K. 428, and B-flat Major, K. 458.
Contact: Vivian Lemieux, 859-5670,

Sunday, February 12, 7 p.m.
The Mavis Staples Lecture and Concert
Lorimer Chapel
Part of Colby’s Black History Month celebration
Contact: Professor Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, 859-4715,

Wednesday, February 15, 7 p.m.
Conservation in the New Millennium: the Economic Link with Commissioner Pat McGowan
Room 1, Olin Science Center
Patrick K. McGowan is commissioner of the Maine Department of Conservation, a natural resource agency that oversees the management and protection of 17 million acres of forestland, 10.4 million acres of unorganized territory, 47 parks and historic sites, and more than 500,000 acres of public reserved land. McGowan has focused on the management of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, positive forest management, banning liquidation harvesting and implementing the Maine Forest Certification initiative, and encouraging land conservation and economic development.
Contact: Kate O’Halloran, 859-5319,

Thursday, February 16, 7 p.m.
The Economic Future of Waterville
Room 100, Lovejoy Building
This panel discussion, including Waterville Mayor Paul LePage, will explore the economic future of Waterville and the role that Colby plays in it.
Contact: Alice Elliott, 859-5313,

Friday, February 17, 3 p.m.
Opening Reception for Faculty Exhibition: Scott Reed
Colby College Museum of Art

Saturday, February 18, 7:30 p.m.
Thwarted Voices
Given Auditorium, Bixler Art and Music Center
Phillip Silver, an internationally acclaimed musician, will present a concert of music devoted to works by composers who were victims of Germany’s National Socialist racial policy, including Eric Zeisl, Karl Weigl, Franz Schreker, and Alexander Zemlinsky. Over the past decade Phillip Silver, in addition to his performing and teaching career, has carried out research on music and musicians caught up in the Holocaust. The Boston Globe called him “an international collaborative pianist of the first rank.” Silver will be joined by cellist Noreen Silver and clarinetist Eric Thomas.
Contact: Vivian Lemieux, 859-5670,

Saturday, February 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Mess Media Tour
Room 14, Miller Library
Filmmakers and media activists Craig Saddlemire and Ryan Conrad of Round Point Movies will show their film “De-Interlaced,” will talk about how the media system works, and will conduct a hands-on media production workshop. Information about the event is online at
Contact: Sara Prahl, 859-5147,

Tuesday, February 21, 7 p.m.
Human Health and Chemical Hazards: The New Science on Persistent, Bioaccumulative and Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals and the Rising Demand for a Safer Chemicals Policy
Room 1, Olin Science Center
Michael Belliveau of the Environmental Health Strategy Center will discuss the growing body of evidence suggesting that preventable environmental health hazards may be adversely affecting public health.
Contact: Beth Kopp, 859-4846,

Wednesday, February 22, 7 p.m.
The Call to Duty Tour 2006
Room 100, Lovejoy Building
A group of gay service members are traveling across the country in the “Call to Duty Tour 2006,” discussing the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. Ten service members, some who chose not to re-enlist, some who were discharged, visit Colby for an event sponsored by The Bridge.
Contact: Melanie Larsen, 617-842-1323,

Thursday, February 23, 7 p.m.
The United States and China: Realities and Fantasies in Our Most Important Bilateral Relationship, a Goldfarb Lecture with Ambassador James Lilley
Room 100, Lovejoy Building
James Lilley, one of the most prominent American experts on China and Korea, was American ambassador to the People’s Republic of China from 1989-1991. Before that he served as national intelligence officer for China, director of the American Institute in Taiwan, deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asian affairs, and ambassador to the Republic of Korea. More recently, he was assistant secretary of defense for international affairs and director of the Institute for Global Chinese Affairs at the University of Maryland. Lilley is currently a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. He is the author of several books on China, the most recent of which is a memoir titled China Hands.
Contact: Sarah Ward, 859-5300,

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Ongoing Exhibitions at the Colby College Museum of Art

January 15 – May 21
Six Centuries of European Art: Selections from the Bowdoin College Museum of Art
This exhibition presents art works from the Bowdoin College Museum of Art’s outstanding collection of Late Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, and Neoclassical art. Highlights include a 15th-century anonymous alabaster Head of St. John the Baptist, Biagio d’Antonio da Firenze’s St. Jerome in the Wilderness from c. 1476, Antonio Balestra’s St. Peter Delivered from Prison by an Angel, and the Rococo diptych The Triumph of Love by Charles Joseph Natorie. Complementing Bowdoin’s collection are selected works from the Colby College Museum of Art, including Luca Giordano’s Hercules on the Funeral Pyre, c. 1665-70, etchings by Rembrandt van Rijn and Francisco Goya, and the late 17th-century A Wooded Landscape by Gaspard Dughet.

February 19 – April 30
Faculty Exhibition: Listening: Scott Reed
Scott Reed, associate professor of art at Colby, showcases prints and paintings in the one-man show, Listening. Based on the interplay between the aural and visual arts, Reed’s pieces juxtapose stark whites and intense colors against richly textural backgrounds. Reed, who also is a musician, challenges the notion that listening is reserved music and theater by producing works that evoke tonal harmonies and dissonance.

COLORS: Contemporary Color Photography
February 26 – April 23
Since the 1970s color photography has been gaining institutional legitimacy in an art world previously dominated by the black-and-white print. From William Christenberry’s small-scale photographs of Alabama gas stations taken in the 1970s to Elke Morris’s recent shots of run-down Maine tenement buildings, the exhibition brings together a group of photographers working in color. Among the artists included in the exhibition are Thomas Birtwistle, Chuck Close, Lauren Greenfield, Scott Peterman, Robert Polidori, and William Wegman.

The Colby College Museum of Art is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. It is closed on Mondays. Admission is free and the museum is accessible to people with disabilities. For more information call 207-859-5600 or visit